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According to Sarah Palin, you really can see Russia from Alaska. Just maybe not from her house, as Tina Fey joked on Saturday Night Live in 2008.
On Sunday, Palin wrote a Facebook note titled "Alaska's Position on the Globe (Yes, You Can See Russia!)" that stressed her endorsement of Republican Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller.
Palin, a possible 2012 presidential candidate, wrote that at a Miller rally last week, she said that change was needed in Washington so Alaska could "finally develop our natural resources to help secure the union."
She wrote that she included a "riff" on the fact people can see Russia from Alaska. She said Alaskans have sent her numerous pictures that prove Russia can be seen from Alaska and that "put to rest the lamestream media's mocking of that point."
"We are proud of our strategic location as the air crossroads of the world, our rich natural resources, and our valuable shipping and transportation lanes affecting the commerce of Pacific Rim countries," she wrote.
She posted a picture of a man she described as a "tough Alaskan" in a baseball cap and leather jacket. Over his shoulder is the Russia mainland, the caption said.
The Alaska-Russia controversy erupted in 2008 when ABC's Charlie Gibson asked Palin, "What insight into Russian actions particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of this state give you?"
Palin said: "They're our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."
The debate continues on the Web: several sources say Russia can be seen from a small Alaskan island, but others argue it's impossible to see Russia from the Alaskan mainland, as they say Palin has implied.
Comedian Tina Fey, playing Sarah Palin during a skit, joked that she could see Russia from her house.
The Palin post generated nearly 2,000 responses and more than 8,000 "likes." Many praised Palin for taking on the media and said she was the only one for president in 2012.
"You need more than real pictures to prove it to the morons in the press that only know how to repeat the liberal talking points," one commenter said.

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I'm glad Palin can see Russia from Alaska, it brings a tear to my eye because I can see the MOON from Chicago. So what does this say about Palin? I'm 76 years old and have never in my life seen a more DUMB woman. Her voice makes me cringe, like nails on a chalk board.God help us if she ever gets in. This woman talks for hours and when she's done she hasn't said anything of substance.She sounds like one of the girls down at da corner BAR, "you beatcha"

November 04 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Please, this whole discussion on whether or not you can see Russia from Alaska, and Palin's latest attempt to redefine the context of her original comment is laughable, yet sad that PD provides no context to the statement. Plain's 2008 remark to Charles Gibson (as noted) was about proximity and her foreign policy experience. Her response was shallow, non-responsive, and lacking in any political insight about Russian/US relations. They are our neighbors, and "you can see Russia from land here in Alaska," was not an adequate answer for a VP candidate. That is what the issue was about. It was never about geography, it was and is about whether this individual is qualified to be President. He continued attempts to use this as an attack on the "lamestream media" answers the question very clearly. Can you see it?

November 02 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to adibiasio's comment

Ms. Palin's woeful knowledge of her home state's geography, and her fast and loose approach to facts are simply metaphors for a larger lack... I lived on St Lawrence for a year, in a beautiful, poverty stricken place that was caught between the past and the unforgiving and unknowable future, where the men had to travel further and further to take the walrus and bowheads that formerly were their staples. A fifth world proposition flying the American flag...from whence Siberia is visible. And how many citizens of our bold nation know the place exists, or know that the islanders, and their cousins on the Siberian mainland speak a dialect of Yupik peculiar to them...a couple thousand people at most. That's what it's about, and how the metaphor works. It simply illustrates a callous ignorance that sadly seems par for the course these days, and is happily taken at face value by way too many. So, yes indeed it's about geography. And sociology. And the economy. And foreign policy. Etc. It's about everything. And it's frightening.

November 02 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Gina Marie

you are exactly right, which was my first reaction, and still is everytime this twit tries to turn the issue into a plus for her - it's entirely laughable still that she thinks seeing the borders of another country far in the distance is all she needs to qualify her for foreign policy relations, and that she thinks she can confuse the issue enough to get idiots to cheer for her, and that she DOES get idiots to cheer for her - it's all so comical and so pathetic all at once this is a vile creature, laughable yet loathsome

November 02 2010 at 6:11 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

I taught English at the John Apangalook school in Gambell, Alaska, on St. Lawrence Island, the '05-'06 school year. Being on the western-most tip of the island, on the rare clear day the mountains of the Chukchi Peninsula are plainly visible across the 38 or so miles of Bering Sea that separates St. Lawrence from Siberia. Not quite 'Russia.' From the Alaskan island of Little Diomede, big Diomede is visible...a 'Russian' island.

November 02 2010 at 11:19 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to macbome's comment

And your point is?

November 02 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Patrick Storey

So from an island off Alaska, you can see an island off Siberia. Well, I guess that does give Palin foreign-policy experience!

November 02 2010 at 6:39 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I believe the point she was trying to make was that she had experience in foreign affairs because you can see Russia from Alaska. The fact that you really can see Russia has nothing to do with her ignorant answer.

November 02 2010 at 9:43 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fibroidphia1's comment

This is it. This shows exactly how ignorant and naive she is. Incredible, huh?

November 02 2010 at 10:15 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

She only dictates. Never debates issues. Learned her lesson from Katie Curick. Talk from long distance only.

November 01 2010 at 9:10 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Oh....she did not sell the airplane on e-bay. It was sold by a commercial airplane broker. Another Palin 1% truth.

November 01 2010 at 9:08 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

The Diomede Islands are only 2 1/2 miles apart. Little Diomede is Alaska and Big Diomede is Russia. You can definitely see one from another. This makes Russia the closest overseas country to the U.S. And everyone thought the closest country to us was Cuba.

November 01 2010 at 7:45 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to pcfriar66's comment

i think mexico and canada might be closer.

November 02 2010 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

it is alaska and the governor was sarah palin

November 01 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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